China arrests 600 in huge child trafficking bust

Chinese police have busted two huge child trafficking rings that spanned 10 provinces, arresting more than 600 suspects and rescuing 178 children, the government said Wednesday.

Child abductions and trafficking are rife in China, despite repeated police crackdowns — a problem that many experts blame on the nation’s strict “one-child” policy and lax regulations on adoption.

The public security ministry said in a statement that police in the southwestern province of Sichuan had chanced on clues that a child trafficking gang was operating there when dealing with a traffic accident in May.

Then in August, police in the southeastern province of Fujian discovered the existence of another gang involved in widespread child trafficking.

After a long period of evidence-gathering, more than 5,000 police officers from 10 different provinces across China launched a joint offensive on November 30, arresting 608 suspects.

They rescued 178 children, who have now been placed in welfare agencies, in what the statement called “the biggest victory yet for anti-trafficking” operations.

It did not say how old the children were, or whether they had been reunited with their parents.

Lax adoption rules for childless couples in China have led to a thriving underground market for kidnapping, buying and selling children.

Many academics also blame the problem on the nation’s strict “one-child” policy, which has put a premium on baby boys, as many families want a male heir.

As such, some parents who are unable to have a son or want a second child opt to buy one, and baby girls are also sometimes sold on to traffickers.

Authorities have repeatedly launched crackdowns on trafficking, but scandals keep emerging.

Police said in July they had freed 89 children in a crackdown on trafficking launched this year, arresting 369 people in the operation.

In November, police in the eastern province of Shandong also broke up a human trafficking gang that bought babies from poor families and sold them on for $8,000.

And in 2007, in a scandal that shocked the nation, authorities found that thousands of people had been forced into slave labour in brickyards and mines across the nation.






Don’t eat the dead

Don’t Eat the Dead


This is a hilarious title…to me anyway. Don’t eat the dead? I think of movies like Zombieland with zombies eating the flesh and blood of the dead. That’s not exactly what I’m referring to but not really too far off track if you think about it. In order to obtain meat, life is taken. The dead bodies are cleaned and the muscles and organs are distributed for consumption. Because people are eating the dead bodies of animals it doesn’t quite have the same twisted nature that a zombie eating HUMAN flesh has, but for all practical purposes it is very similar biologically speaking.

So why do people eat the dead? Is it necessary to eat dead animals in order to sustain the life of the body? These questions would result in many answers from hell yes to hell no and everything between. Ecologically speaking I will argue to anyone that excessive animal consumption is wrong! Is some meat in one’s diet ok? I won’t argue this. So what is excessive consumption? Meat for every meal? That’s how I grew up. It’s not a full meal without meat right? Yet this is very excessive and extreme. It is too much. Why does it matter? Why does it have to be excessive?

Ecologically speaking, much is consumed in order to produce those meals. Much is taken from the world when it is not necessary. People eat meat regularly because that’s how they were raised and because meat tastes good! However, it is our responsibility to ensure the well-being of the earth and all life on it. Therefore it is reasonable to conclude that, in general, we should never be excessive in anything (ideally) and that we should practice moderation in all things. Maybe one meal with meat a day would be a good start. Most people will continue doing what they are doing. Driven by desires for sensual pleasure (that one gets from eating in this case), most people will continue doing what they are doing and forget about the welfare of the planet.

But people say that God made animals for us to eat!! That is wrong. God did not make animals for us to eat. We CAN eat them if we need to. If one was starving in a desert or something then one could eat meat to survive. But just to eat it because it tastes good? Nope, I can’t justify it. That’s just me. Almost everyone I know eats meat and I love them the same. I’m only writing this blog to promote a plant-based diet and to remind people that before the “fall” of Adam and Eve, killing was forbidden. Period. No killing. In order to obtain meat, killing is necessary. Even if you’re pulling up to the drive-thru window at McDonalds getting a hamburger, you are still playing your part in killing. Do you NEED meat? No. Killing is wrong!!! ONLY if you are driven to necessity (survival situation or something) would it be okay to kill. If you insist on eating meat, then at least kill the animal yourself. Cook it up and eat it. This may give you more appreciation for the life that you are taking.


Acknowledging the Divine

Acknowledging the Divine


Love is greater than Hate

Peace is greater than War

Mercy is greater than Wrath


          Since the beginning of human existence, forces of nature have been working upon forces of nature. Life continuously flows from a Source that is beyond the confines of time and space and all known creation. It is beyond human thought and It makes us alive and here we are.

          In Judeo-Christian Midwestern America, we generally refer to the Creator of all existence as “God”. Before continuing further, I want to remove the title “God” and take it out of the equation. It is only a title…letters that make words and words that represent sounds. God…is beyond letters and words and sounds and all that we know.

          NASA says that the earth flies at approximately 66,000 miles per hour. That means we travel roughly 19 miles per second. We have probably traveled hundreds of miles since you started reading this. Consider the Creator of reality…

          When we look up at the stars on a clear night we can see thousands of stars. This is only a tiny fraction of the stars that are in our galaxy. Consider how vast the universe is. Consider what makes your heart beat and why? What is it that makes you conscious? Such questions lead back to The Commander, the Source of all existence.

          Sit on the earth and consider the breath that you inhale. Consider the Creator of the earth. Consider the Creator of the Universe and all existence. THAT which commands the stars to burn and the earth to fly is Mighty and Powerful. Acknowledging the existence of The Divine is crucial to human development.

To be continued…